Cavium Partners with China Unicom to Showcase M-CORD NFV/5G at Mobile World Congress 2017

February 27, 2017

Cavium Partners with China Unicom to Showcase M-CORD NFV/5G at Mobile World Congress 2017

ThunderX(r) ARM V8.1 workload optimized data center server processors and XPliant(r) SDN fabric for deployment solutions


ThunderX® ARM V8.1 workload optimized data center server processors and XPliant® SDN fabric for deployment solutions

SAN JOSE, CA, and BARCELONA, SPAIN February 27, 2017 – Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable secure and intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, wired and wireless networking today announced a full implementation of the ON.Lab CORD (Central Office Re-architected as Data center) SDN/NFV platform software stack on its ThunderX ARM based data center COTS server architecture. In addition, the leaf and spine switching integral to CORD is now supported by Cavium’s XPliant programmable SDN switch.

As part of the previously announced collaboration Cavium and China Unicom have worked closely on porting and integrating the entire M-CORD software stack to a single unified hardware architecture optimized for NFV operation and SDN control. The Cavium M-CORD rack is a fully integrated system implementing the full set of features from the edge of the Radio Access Network (RAN) to the ONOS and XOS SDN and orchestration software. It allows for a virtually turn-key operation in any central office for a full NFV C-RAN deployment. The combination of the ThunderX ARM based data center server processor with the award winning highly programmable XPliant switch provide a compelling platform for M-CORD.

China Unicom and Cavium will work together to trial the system in live locations to optimize the vBBU performance and core network provisioning.

“We are very excited to collaborate with China Unicom in this key milestone in the M-CORD initiative. A homogenous hardware architecture fully optimized for NFV and 5G functions is a key pre-requisite for field deployments,” said Raj Singh Vice President & General Manager of the Network & Communication Group at Cavium. “This differentiated and highly scalable implementation will allow operators such as China Unicom to rapidly explore and implement next generation network topologies.”

“Our collaboration with Cavium has shown real progress and we are looking forward to trying the new ThunderX based M-CORD and virtualized RAN implementation in our network,” said Dr. Tang Xiongyan, CTO of Network Technology Research Institute, China Unicom”. “We believe that our partnership will provide significant benefits to both parties.”

About Cavium


Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity and baseband processing. Cavium’s highly integrated multi-core SoC products deliver software compatible solutions across low to high performance points enabling secure and intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Data Center and Service Provider Equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware reference designs and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China and Taiwan.

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